National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

18 October 2010

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is offering 76 YFC members the opportunity to attend the 2011 NFU Conference free of charge. 
 
The conference will be held on 15/16 February 2011 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, Birmingham, West Midlands and will include a dedicated Next Generation breakout session.
 
YFC places will be allocated on a regional basis, but each county must be represented. Your chosen representatives’ details should be submitted to the appropriate regional NFU contact which is listed in the attached document. 
 
 

09 October 2010


Hundreds of friends and supporters turned out to cheer on the teams, raise money for charity and join the fun at the NFYFC competitions weekend on 9 and 10 October.
 
Chairwoman Helen Roberts and a team of members of the national council worked hard during the Saturday taking it in turns to cycle the equivalent of the distance from the NFYFC office in Stoneleigh to the Wales YFC office in Builth Wells, Wales – a 172k journey to raise cash for Helen’s chosen charity for the year, Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI).
 
The team also sold raffle tickets for a chance to win a brand new bike or tickets to the 2011 annual convention in Blackpool to boost the fundraising total further. The raffle will be drawn at the NFYFC race day at Cheltenham on 14 November.
 
Helen has challenged Young Farmers’ Clubs across England and Wales to raise £100,000 for the charity during her year in office to celebrate its 150th anniversary.
 
The weekend also saw the launch of the new NFYFC youth forum, which met for the first time to discuss its priorities for the future and ideas of how under 18s can have more of a say in the way the organisation is run.
 
The group is made up of last year’s Junior YFC Member of the Year Aled Jones and runner-up Amy Scott, plus eight finalists from this year’s competition. Aled, who came up with the idea of a national forum, led the first meeting which covered topics such as communication, recruitment and retention, drawing up a manifesto, and launching a competition to create a mascot that will act as a link between grassroots members and NFYFC.
 
NFYFC partners Diageo, and three actors from Collingwood Learning, put on a gritty production called Smashed throughout the day highlighting the effects and consequences of alcohol abuse, which was well received.
 
Helen Roberts, who made the presentations to the winners along with national president Lionel Hill, said: “It was great to see so many members competing over the weekend. There was really tough completion for the fencing final, and all the public speaking competitors were incredibly smartly dressed and keen to do well. The folk dancing was fantastic and went down really well with the audience, drawing a good crowd – congratulations to all those that won.
 
“I am delighted that the NFYFC youth forum met for the first time – one of my goals for my year in office was to increase opportunities for members under 18 to influence the decision-making of NFYFC . All the members of the new forum were very enthusiastic and came up with lots of ideas on how to take it forward.  Hopefully the forum will go from strength to strength.
 
“The cycling challenge was great fun and very popular with members, many of whom bought tickets for the raffle to help take us closer to our fundraising target.
 
“Well done everyone who took part and thanks to everyone for joining us to make the weekend great,” she added. "And don't forget that the closing date for YFCs to raise £150 per club for RABI isn't until 31 December, so there is still time for every club to rise to the challenge!"

 

Saturday 9 October competitions finals

 

My Home County Picture


1st: Cumbria (Emma Blaylock)



2nd: Northumberland (Daisty Walker)



3rd: Pembrokeshire B (Thomas Kidney)




Metalwork



1st: Cumbria (Andrew Bell)
2nd: Yorkshire (Nathan Barker)
3rd: Pembrokeshire (Robert Davies)

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    Fence erecting



    1st: Cornwall (Ed Doidge, Dan Bullok, Richard Northey)
    2nd: Montgomery (John Woosnam, Gregory Griffiths, Terry Morgan)
    3rd: Devon (Phil Blowey, Adrian Cole, Nick Cole)

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    Folk dancing


    1st: Montgomery (Emma Jones, Amanda Jones, Rhona Farley-Harper, Lynsey Francis,Stephen Francis, Jonathan Davies, Richard Jones, Aled Hughes)

    2nd: Yorkshire (Katie Raynes, Rachel Raynes, Harry Williams, Will Carr, Abbie Carr, Beth Sugden, Lucy Spenceley, Rebecca Gibbons)

    3rd: Derbyshire (Alex Birch, Joe Birch, Daniel Mycock, Charley Mycock, Elizabeth Betney, Emma Holmes, Megan Dilks, Louisa Robinson)

     

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    Rural Apprentice in association with Sue Ryder



    1st: Yorkshire B (Sophie Ogden, David Johnson)
    2nd: Yorkshire A (Steph Ellis, Annabel Mason)

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    Junior YFC Member of the Year



    1st: Somerset (Claire Wilcox)
    =2nd: Norfolk (Thomas Collison)
    =2nd: Northumberland (Matthew Sharp)

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    Junior farm safety


    1st: Carmarthenshire (Iestyn Owen, Simon McCall)
    2nd: Montgomery (Rosemary Spruell, Sally Breese)
    3rd: Cumbria (Stewart Coulthard, Andrew Bell)

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    Junior speaking



    1st: Carmarthenshire (Dewi Jones, Ffion Rees, Sally Windsor)
    2nd: Cumbria (Laura Potts, Emma Armstrong, Rachel Graham)
    3rd: Yorkshire (Hattie Noble, Elizabeth Cooper, Verity Hyland)

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    Intermediate Brainstrust



    1st: Devon (Sarah Bellew, Ross Edwards, Lucy Toop, Nicky Bishop)
    2nd: Shropshire (Louise Cowdy, Edward Potter, Sophie Farley, Sarah Kent)
    3rd: Gwent (Lydia Williams, Rhys Whittington, Justine Peters, Emily Church)

     

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    Senior debating



    1st: Herefordshire (Matt Price, Emma Bryan, Sarah Meredith, Simon Turner, Kevin Stokes)

    2nd: Carmarthenshire (Meinir Jones,  Bethan Davies, Bethan Griffiths, Lowri Thomas, Ffion Jones)

    3rd: Cornwall (Jennifer White, Tamsyn Kinver, Jo Maynard, Morwenna Bone, Sophie Holland)
     

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    Sunday 10 October sports competitions finals

     

    Mixed 7s hockey


    1st: Warwickshire

    2nd: Nottinghamshire

    3rd: Cumbria

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    Volleyball (15-17)


    1st:  Pembrokeshire (Aled Harper, Drew Patrick, Charles George, Emily Morris, Laura Mowlam, Ceri Jenkins)

    2nd: Oxfordshire (Archie Napper, William Bennett, Blake Hallam, Lloyds Coulson, Joshua Alder, Rebecca Rowe, Bethan Williams, Grace Wigham, Ben Smith)

    3rd: Devon (Greg Hutchings, Kelly Herbert, Richard Harding, Jasmine Sanders, Gemma Bealey, James Ashton, Zoe Miles)

    4th: Ceredigion (Mererid Davies, Rhodri Morris, Oqain Evans, Elen Thomas, Budd, Llyr Tobias, Carwyn Davies, Lowri Thomas, Lisa Jones)

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    Under 14s badminton


    1st: County Durham (Elizabeth Hall, Rob Wade)

    2nd: Bedfordshire (Philip Barnes, Katie Parrish)

    3rd: Derbyshire (Andrew Gregory-Champeau, Laura Poole)

    4th: Herefordshire (Isabel Probert, Ben Cianch)

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    08 October 2010

    County Durham organising secretary and proud mum Janice Baker is calling on Young Farmers' Clubs members to show their support for her son, Countryfile's Matt Baker, as he takes to the dancefloor in BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

    The BAFTA award-winning presenter has temporarily swapped his Countryfile wellies for a pair of dancing shoes to compete alongside professional dancer Aliona Vilani. The pair are hard at work rehearsing for this weekend's show and Janice is calling on YFC members to return the support Matt has shown YFC by voting for the pair.

    "This was a late call for Matt and his diary was already full with Countryfile and the One Show and he was due to go to the Commonwealth Games.

    "But I have always loved the show and he told them he didn't dare refuse as his mum would kill him!" Janice jokes.

    "He is absolutely loving it. Because he trained as a gymnast, that has stood him in good stead for this training and taking instruction," Janice adds. "He is a big supporter of YFC and has judged various competitions, it would be great if Young Farmers' Clubs members would support him when voting starts this weekend."
    Tomorrow night the dancers have to impress the judges with either a foxtrot or a salsa.
     

    04 October 2010


    Young Stockjudge of the Year 2010



    1st: Millie Hendy, Gloucestershire YFC
    2nd: Robert Walker,  Lancashire YFC
    3rd: Jessica Pemberton,  Suffolk YFC

    Stockman of the Year 2010



    1st:  Robert Wilcox, Somerset YFC
    2nd:  Philip Mattinson,  Cumbria YFC
    3rd: Jonathan Rogers, Herefordshire YFC



    01 October 2010


    Please note: The disco dance planned for Saturday night has had to be cancelled


    NFYFC is gearing up for a weekend of fun and friendly rivalry during its competitions weekend at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, on 9-10 October.
    Come along and cheer on the YFC teams who will be taking part in the junior farm safety, senior debating, intermediate brainstrust, rural apprentice, fence erecting, junior speaking, junior member of the year, folk dancing, metalwork, county exhibit, hockey, badminton and volleyball competitions over the course of the two-day event.
    There will be a chance to learn more about this year's travel opportunities with the Discovery programme; NFYFC's new youth forum will meet for the first time and there will be entertainment including a Diageo drama production.
    NFYFC council officers will be doing their bit to raise money for chairwoman Helen Roberts' chosen charity RABI with a sponsored stationary bike ride.
    Tickets for a raffle in aid of the charity, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, will also be on sale with a chance to win some fantastic prizes and help Helen meet her target of raising £150 per YFC in the federation during her year in office.


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